Two Teens Killed, 14 Others Injured in Shooting at Club Blu in Fort Myers, Fla.: Their names were Ste'fan Strawder, 18 and Shawn Achilles, 14. The gunfire broke out just as the event, which was geared towards 12 to 17 year olds, came to a close. The Fort Myers Police Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office detained three people for questioning, NBC reports. It's been a little over a month since a deranged shooter killed 49 people at Pulse, a LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando.
BREAKING: Police say deadly nightclub shooting in Fort Myers, Florida, is not an act of terrorism.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 25, 2016
The Democratic National Convention Begins: It'll be held in Philadelphia until Thursday. Follow along on social media through #DNCinPHL.
It's Already Off to a Rocky Start: Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said she would resign ahead of the convention. Her resignation follows controversy after WikiLeaks published a trove of committee officials' emails, published Friday, many of which "derided" Sen. Bernie Sanders, The New York Times reports.
In one of the emails, dated May 21, Mark Paustenbach, a committee communications official, wrote to a colleague about the possibility of urging reporters to write that Mr. Sanders’s campaign was “a mess” after a glitch on the committee’s servers gave it access to Clinton voter data.
“Wondering if there’s a good Bernie narrative for a story, which is that Bernie never ever had his act together, that his campaign was a mess,” Mr. Paustenbach wrote to Luis Miranda, the communications director for the committee. ...
In another email exchange, Mr. Miranda asked Ms. Wasserman Schultz whether they should call CNN to complain about a segment the network aired in which Mr. Sanders said he would oust the chairwoman if he were elected.
“Do you all think it’s worth highlighting for CNN that her term ends the day after the inauguration, when a new D.N.C. Chair is elected anyway?” Mr. Miranda asked. Ms. Wasserman Schultz responded by dismissing the senator’s chances. “This is a silly story,” she wrote. “He isn’t going to be president.”
Kshama Sawant and Jay Inslee Have Very Different Messages About the Presidential Race: The Seattle City Council member urged DNC attendees to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. According to The Seattle Times, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, however, urged Washington state delegates to rally behind Hillary Clinton.
Three Washington State University Football Players Allegedly Assaulted Two Students: According to witnesses, Alex Rodriguez and another student who did not wish to be named had asked the athletes to leave a party after they started "prying off pieces of a wooden railing, lighting fireworks among the crowd," The Seattle Times reports.
Witnesses said several men knocked Rodriguez to the ground and repeatedly kicked him in the face, breaking his jaw in several places. Dylan Rollins, a sophomore, attempted to pull him away.
“He was beat up bad,” Rollins said. “There’s blood all over the ground.”
Witnesses provided a list of several football players whom they believe carried out the assaults. The backyard party drew a large crowd; the assaults were captured on video and shared on Snapchat.
Police are investigating.
In Better News, Ken Griffey Jr. Was Inducted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame : He played as the Seattle Mariners' outfielder from 1989 to 1999. A snippet of his tearful speech in which he thanked his father, Ken. Sr., from ESPN:
A 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all time, and drove in 1,836 runs. He also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons and won seven Silver Slugger Awards. ...
"Thirteen years with the Seattle Mariners, from the day I got drafted, Seattle, Washington, has been a big part of my life," Griffey said, punctuating the end of his speech by putting a baseball cap on backward as he did throughout his career.
"I'm going to leave you with one thing. In 22 years I learned that one team will treat you the best, and that's your first team. I'm damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner."
SPD Says Someone Lit Three Recycling Bins on Fire in Pioneer Square Last Night: Officers are still looking for the culprit.
Seventeen Everett Apartment Buildings In Violation of City Fire Alarm Codes: The city's fire department had been inspecting buildings after a fire broke out on New Years Eve. "Everett requires a central fire alarm system — the kind where someone can pull a lever — at any apartment building with at least four stories or more than 16 units. Many of the apartments in violation were built before the city required these alarm systems, but the rules are retroactive," The Everett Herald reports.
Seen at Capitol Hill Block Party: A neighboring apartment dweller had this to say:
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